Fri January 29, 2010
Pianist Jonathan Biss
Join Jill Pasternak when she interviews Jonathan Biss. The exceptional young pianist appears at the Kimmel Center on February 4th with pianist Richard Goode.
Still in his 20's, Biss already enjoys a flourishing international reputation through his orchestral, recital, and chamber music performances in North America and Europe and award-winning recordings.
Biss represents the third generation in a family of professional musicians, which includes his grandmother Raya Garbousova (for whom Samuel Barber composed his Cello Concerto), as well as his parents, the Israeli-born violinist Miriam Fried and the violist Paul Biss.
Jonathan Biss studied at Indiana University with Evelyne Brancart, and here in Philadelphia at Curtis Institute of Music, with Leon Fleisher.
Noted for his prodigious technique, intriguing programs, and artistic maturity, Mr. Biss performs a diverse repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven, through the Romantics to Janacek and Schoenberg as well as works by contemporary composers, including commissions from Leon Kirchner and Lewis Spratlan.
Since he made his New York Philharmonic debut in 2001, Biss has appeared with the foremost orchestras of the United States and Europe. He is a frequent performer at leading international music festivals and gives recitals in major music capitals both here and abroad.